January Emeryville Crime Report: Spike in Petty Thefts spurs highest crime totals in a year

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The Emeryville Police Department Crime Report for January includes 212 total crimes (up from 176 in December). The highest monthly total since January of last year (235). The sharpest increase were in petty thefts with 98 reported incidents (62 of which were in the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center which saw the recent addition of a Nordstrom Rack). A Petty theft is a theft of an item with a value less than $950.

Emeryville Criminal Analyst Adrienne Robinson noted the connection with the spike to the passing of Prop 47. Prop 47 has reduced the California Prison Population by reducing certain felonies to misdemeanors such as drug possession and some theft crimes. “We saw an increase in larcenies during both periods. Larcenies include shoplifting, petty theft, grand theft, and auto burglary.” Prop 47 has enabled thousands to wipe their records clean and give them the opportunity to qualify for new jobs and other benefits. Law enforcement officials have blamed Proposition 47 for allowing repeat offenders to continue breaking the law without consequence.


The City of Emeryville is divided into small geographical areas that facilitate the Department’s efforts to tract crime and neighborhood problems, and allocate personnel resources to meet the service need. Crime statistics are reported by the EPD through CrimeReports.com. An archive of monthly crime statistics provided can be viewed on the city website.

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1. San Pablo Avenue
2. North Emeryville
3. Emery Bay
4. Peninsula
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5. Shellmound
6. Artist Colony
7. San Pablo Avenue – South
8. Triangle
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9. East Bay bridge (East)
10. East Bay bridge (West)
11. Outside of City Limits


The reporting district matrix lists the category and number of crimes reported by district. The descriptions below are “highlights” and are not provided for every crime reported.


District 5

American Eagle, 5653 Bay St.: Three female suspects entered the store and stole merchandise. The Store Manager attempted to stop one of the suspects, however the suspect pushed the manager and fled with the loss.

Burger King, 5701 Christie Ave.: Several juveniles fought with another juvenile and took the juveniles’ cell phone.

District 8

San Pablo Ave & 40th St.: A suspect took the victim’s bicycle and told the victim he had a gun.

District 9

Pak N Save, 3889 San Pablo Ave.: A shoplift suspect selected and concealed merchandise and left the store without paying. Upon contact by store employees, the suspect struck an employee in the face and brandished a knife. The suspect then fled the area. EPD arrested the suspect a few days later.


District 4

Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 Powell St.: A domestic violence incident occurred in which the female sustained injuries to her face.

District 9

Sleep Train, 3999 San Pablo Ave (parking lot): A male suspect hit a male victim on the shoulder with a wooden object.


District 1

Emery Unified School District, 1275 61st St.: POE: Unknown. LOSS: A laser printer, an iPhone, and an iPhone speaker.

District 2

6655 Hollis St.: POE: West door kicked open. LOSS: Unknown.

District 3

Public Storage, 6501 Shellmound Ave.: POE: Ceiling pulled open. LOSS: Game controllers.
Public Storage, 6501 Shellmound Ave.: POE: Ceiling pulled open. LOSS: Clothing.
Public Storage, 6501 Shellmound Ave.: POE: Ceiling pulled open. LOSS: A flat screen TV, a Playstation 3, an electric keyboard, and jewelry.

District 5

The GAP, 5690 Bay St.: A suspect with a sensor remover, stole merchandise and fled the store.

District 8

1096 Yerba Buena Ave: POE: Unknown. LOSS: A $13,000 check.


District 1

305 Liquid Sugar Dr. (Garage): POE: Door handle – Broken. LOSS: (2) Car stereos, an amplifier, car stereo speakers, a 5 gallon bucket, and a sleeping bag case.
5519 Vallejo St. #A: POE: Window. LOSS/Recovered: 49er beanie. A witness saw the suspect leaning into a neighbor’s residence through the window. EPD stopped, identified, and arrested the suspect.
1268 64th St. #B: POE: Lower level window – Smashed. The resident interrupted two suspects rummaging through her house. SUSPECTS: #1 male, unknown race, wearing a red hooded sweater. #2 Male, unknown race, wearing a dark hooded sweater. The suspects fled the area. LOSS: None.

District 6

1500 Park Ave (Garage): POE: Garage, U-Locks defeated. LOSS: (3) Bicycles stolen, (1) of which was recovered resulting in an arrest.

District 7

1303 Powell St. #B322: (ATTEMPT ONLY) POE: Front door – Pried, no entry.
1303 Powell St., 204: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: Apple MacBook Pro laptop Serial # C02HN83KD37L, (2) Cameras, a tote bag, a purse, and jewelry.
1303 Powell St., #314: POE: Front door – Pried. LOSS: A passport, a social security card, and a birth certificate.

District 8

1057 43rd St.: POE: Back door. LOSS: NONE. EPD officers on-viewed two suspects attempting to burgle the house. One suspect was acting as a “look out”. EPD arrested one of the suspects. The other suspect fled the area.


(9) vehicles were stolen, (7) Vehicles were recovered intact, (2) vehicle are still outstanding, (1) attempted vehicle theft.

The spreadsheet compares criminal activity relative to last year, averages from the previous 3 years and annual totals for the year.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


  1. Why does Cal-Trans gather all the garbage and detritus from the homeless camp along the frontage road across from Home Depot, and then not haul it away? The homeless stand around and wait for the authorities to leave and then haul it back to their camp. Seems counter productive.

    • Is it CalTrans or Oakland Public Works? I know it’s in Oakland and thus there’s little the EPD can do but I’ve witnessed this other places.

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